Upgrade my PC to fit a high profile graphics card.
May 19, 2011 6:18 AM Subscribe
How do I upgrade my computer to fit high profile video cards?
posted by reticulatedspline to computers & internet (17 answers total)
Got a Dell Dimension Desktop E521 which I use for gaming among other things.
Problem is: I want to upgrade the video card, but the computer will only fit low profile cards. There's stuff in the way inside it which prevents a double decker card from fitting. At this point, there aren't any low profile cards which are a substantial improvement over the one I have (geforce 8600 gts). I assume this means a motherboard upgrade and potentially a new case before anything, so that I can accommodate larger cards. I've never done this before, so would appreciate tips on how to pick a replacement motherboard which is compatible and an upgrade over my current one if possible (never shopped for either motherboard nor case) as well as how to install them.
I've installed multiple upgrades on my current machine: new graphics card, a few gbs extra RAM, new 1tb hard drive, new dvd drive, new 600w quieter power source, etc. So I'd say I'm moderately comfortable familiar with replacing parts as long as there's some decent walk-through somewhere I can follow.
Alternately, if it's cheaper/easier I'd love to have a place recommended where I can buy a custom built PC with all of the frills removed to bring the price down as low as possible. I've only ever shopped through the big names: Dell, Gateway, etc. and they all only offer packages which include many things I already have. As mentioned, already got a decent sized hard drive, good power source, memory (assuming it's compatible) etc. so if I went this route I wouldn't want to pay for these all over again.
Live in Manhattan, so local would be preferable, but online recco's are fine too.
Lastly, if there does happen to be a low profile graphics card I've overlooked which IS a substantial upgrade over my current one, that recommendation would be appreciated too.